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Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee University

Rebecca C. Harris

Associate Professor of Politics

Huntley 318
(540) 458-8199
harrisr@wlu.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Education

Ph.D., Political Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2006)

M.A., Political Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2000)

B.A.E. Political Science, Western Washington University, Magna Cum Laude (1998)

Research

American Government, Judicial Politics, Science Policy, Public Policy

Teaching

American National Government, Public Policy, Law & Judicial Process, Environmental Policy

Background

Professor Harris (Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) studies the politics of the new biology and genetic revolution. Her recent publications include Black Robes, White Coats: The Puzzle of Judicial Policymaking and Scientific Evidence (Rutgers University Press 2008) and "Gatekeeping" in Leadership in Science and Technology (Sage 2011). Professor Harris serves on the governing council for the Association for Politics and the Life Sciences. Her current research projects examine state legislation and genetic policy.

Professor Harris teaches applied American Politics courses including American National Government, Public Policy, Law & Judicial Process, and Environmental Policy. These courses are designed to give students "pragmatic sophistication" regarding current events, substantive policy expertise, and political science understandings of political behavior and institutions. She is developing a rotation of Spring Term course offerings in biopolicy, food policy, and disaster policy. Professor Harris also advises the Washington and Lee Political Review student publication journal and serves as the Faculty Liaison for the Truman Scholarship.